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Western Sandpiper or ?

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Two semipalmated sandpipers have been seen mixed in with several Western and Lesser Sandpipers at San Joaquin Nature Preserve in Irving, Califo0rnia.  The bill on this little fellow appears shorter that the bills on all the other birds in a group.  So, while I think it is a Western, I am hoping it is one of the Semipalmated.  But I am not comfortable making the call, so I am turning to all of you.  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks,

 

 

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Do you have any more photos? I'd call that bird a Semi here in the East, but it definitely deserves more scrutiny due to the location. 

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Sorry to say this is the best photo I have right now.  The bird was pretty far away.  I am going through some other photos to see if I have a better view.  I appreciate your help.

 

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I agree with Semipalmated -- the wing coverts are very crisp-edged, which suggests this is a juvenile. Juvenile Western have distinctly rusty scapulars.

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